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Romeo Preminger

February 25, 2022

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Romeo Preminger back as the guest on Season 7, Episode 08 – All The Drama Is Intentional!

Romeo Preminger returns to share The Arizona Series, a gay southern gothic set in Aacadiana of the 1980s. We discuss writing historical fiction in an era we lived through and some thoughts on queer literature today.

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He goes by Romeo because he likes writing steamy gay stories while working a much less steamy day job. Romeo has been called the “master of the romantic thriller.” He’s the author of over two dozen books and e-novelettes, including the branded thriller series: Guilty Pleasures Editions. His latest project is the Arizona series, a gay Southern Gothic set in 1980s Louisiana. It just hit stores at the start of the year.

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August 7, 2020

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Romeo Preminger as the guest on Episode 280 – Brought Me To My Knees A Couple Times!

Romeo Preminger shares his hot new erotic thriller, The Manny, that hits stores this week! We also dive into his self-publishing adventure and share some laughs along the way.

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He goes by Romeo because he likes the freedom to write gay romantic smut without losing his day job. So he has to be a bit cagey in his bio, but he does love interacting with readers.

Romeo’s been writing stories about gay sex pretty much since he popped his first boner dreaming about the cute boys who tormented him in junior high. Now later in life, he’s sharing that dirty imagination with the world.

However, it’s not all sex. He’s fascinated by the psychology and emotionality of gay relationships, and he thinks the truth is that love and attraction can be a hot mess. When two men get together, it’s triumphant, transcendent, and life-affirming while also scalding, stupefying and even enraging at times. That’s the kind of relationships he writes about because the journey to happily-ever-after isn’t all pretty, and when it comes to love stories, the more drama the better, right?

Romeo’s married to a great guy, and he believes in happily-ever-after.

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Review of Of Paradise & Purgatory by Stephen del Mar

Stephen del Mar has visited us a couple of times on WROTE. To listen to his interview and find out more about his latest work, follow this link. Episode 048: Digital Disruption, Baby!


para It’s no secret that I love Stephen del Mar’s work. He captures the whole Floridian landscape and way of life incredibly well, and it feels almost like I’m there when I read one of his books, sipping sangria and sunbathing on the Gulf Of Mexico.

Of Paradise & Purgatory moves the action to Arizona, another of my favourite US destinations. It’s all here; the heat and dust, and big skies and hot cowboys in leather chaps. The creak of saddles and the smell of sweat… Victor Cruz returns to Paradise, the town where he grew up, to bury his estranged father. The tagline reads “going home can be hell, even when it’s Paradise” and it’s a good description. Victor is gradually sucked into all the friends and family dynamics and politics, and is soon regretting his return.

As ever, there is a large cast of characters, all expertly and lovingly-drawn. There are references to Bennett Bay and its own characters, and everything is woven together with a bit of political intrigue, some magical realism, and a large dose of angst.

Victor is unapologetic, not very likeable at first, but he grew on me. I liked his honesty, the fact that he did not want the complications of a romance, that he had the courage to miss his father’s funeral even under the weight of expectation, that he snared a much younger man and was upfront with him. He was prickly about the subject of his dad, and the fact that everyone else thought the man was so wonderful when all Victor could remember was the beatings. The way he learned more about himself as time went on, and stuck to his guns with forcing others to see the truth, made me respect him even more. Yes, he came over as self-pitying at times, but that only made him more human.

The book was a colourful mix, with a café bomb and Day Of The Dead celebrations off-setting the apple-pie family imagery. There was a hint of corporate intrigue, possibly explored further on in the series, that could have been clarified more. And the magical realism was the only bit of the book that I felt uneasy with. Until then, I had not picked up any markers that it was on the cards (other than the synopsis.) The seasoning, as the author describes it, was added a little heavily towards the end, and felt slightly uneven.

But it’s a small quibble, as this is a book about Victor Cruz, and how he learns to accept both himself and the kindness of those around him. The feel is different to Stephen del Mar’s other books, in that it takes on a more serious, literary tone, but don’t let that put you off. This is great fun, a book about family, love, sex and friendship dynamics that punches way above its weight.